I have my first laying EE pullet who 'seems' to have stopped production right after starting. She is my only layer. Last week she layed Tuesday, double-yoker Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, then nothing since. I check the run (~450 sq ft) and nest boxes multiple times/day and haven't found an egg or any evidence of eggs being eaten - no shells or anything. They do not free range (my dogs would like it if they did!). She is quite healthy, active, and not appearing egg bound at all. It seems strange for her to not be laying anything for four days after five/six days straight of producing an egg/yolk), but it could just be she's new. Also, she was using my old cat litterbox turned egg box, and then I found the right bottom for the top and switched it out. Right after that, no eggs. So I thought at first maybe she found a new place, but nothing. I've left them in the coop a couple times till later in the AM but no egg - the coop is chain link so a rat could get in. Portland has a huge rat population, and I have caught a rat in the run, so I was wondering, can a rat carry off a new pullet-sized egg? Or do they eat the entire thing, shell and all? Where's there's one rat, there's bound to be others, in fact I know there is because I've seen another one and the one that was caught got partially eaten. The crafty jerk outwitted my one trap so I got one with a much bigger trigger plate that I can set out. But wouldn't the chickens try to kill it if it came in the coop, or in the run when they are there? BTW, these are not brown mice-looking field rats, these are gross, grey/black city rats - . I really don't even know if a rat is eating her eggs, just wondering if I can rule it out or not (would I see evidence?). I wish I had a little chicken cam I could put around her neck! Thanks, from an impatient new egg mom.